LINTON, WILLIAM JAMES ( 1812-97). A wood-engraver and author, born in London, De cember 7, 1312. lie learned his art from G. W. Bonner, to whom he was apprenticed in 1323. In 1342 he became the partner of John Orrin Smith, a distinguished wood-engraver, with whom he was employed on the illustrated London Sews. As a young man, he was a zealous Chartist, and continued through life a stanch defender of re publicanism and the rights of For promulgating his ideas he founded, in conjunc tion with Thornton Hunt and George Henry Lewes, the Leader, a daily (1850), but gave up his position after a few weeks. The next year he started the Eify/ish Rcpub/ie, a monthly maga zine :tinting to explain republican principles. Ile also contributed articles on social questions to the Nation (the Irish patriotic paper), the I est en instep. Re Hew, the Examiner, and the Spectator. As a wood-engraver he is best known,
especially for the weekly engravings contributed to the London Sews and the Masters of Wood lint/raring (1890). Among his numerous publi cations are: C/oribe/ and Other Poems; lives of Thomas Paine and of John Greenleaf Whittier; Poems and Translations; and Rare Poems of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. With R. H. Stoddard, he edited English Verse (1883). In 1858 Linton married Eliza Lynn, the well kno•n novelist. She furnished the letter-press to his plates in The Lake Country The marriage proved uneongenial. and Lin ton came to the United States in 1866, where lived during the neat of his life. lie died near New Haven, Conn., December 29, 1897. Con sult Linton's interesting literary autobiogrtiphy, Three ,core and Ten )'ears: 18,20-90: Recollec tions 1894).